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World Cup 2023: England vs Pakistan Ends in England’s Favor

Ben Stokes and Joe Root Steer England to 337/9

In a gripping encounter in World cup 2023, Ben Stokes and Joe Root displayed brilliance, forming a formidable 132-run partnership that propelled England to a total of 337/9 after 50 overs. Despite Pakistan’s Haris Rauf securing 3 crucial wickets, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim Jr. chipped in with 2 wickets each.

Stokes Departs After Stellar Performance

Ben Stokes showcased exceptional skills until he was dismissed by a fiery delivery from Shaheen Afridi. Currently, England’s skipper, Jos Buttler, and Joe Root are at the crease, determined to build on the defending champions’ score for a strong position in the Champions Trophy 2025 qualification race.

Bairstow and Malan Set Solid Foundation

Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan initiated the innings impressively, establishing an 82-run opening partnership. Spinner Iftikhar Ahmed disrupted their flow by dismissing Malan, bringing Joe Root to the crease

Critical ‘Do or Die’ Match for Babar Azam’s Pakistan

In this crucial encounter, Babar Azam-led Pakistan faces the defending champions, England, in a ‘do or die’ clash. Despite  optimism, the odds are stacked against Pakistan. The result of the ENG vs PAK ICC World Cup clash will determine the top 4 teams advancing to the knockout stages on 15th and 16th November.

Daunting Target for Pakistan

To keep their semi-final dream alive, Pakistan needs an almost miraculous victory, requiring a win by 287 runs when batting first or chasing within 284 balls. Winning the toss, Babar Azam must opt for batting and aim for a 400+ score to stand a chance.

England vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2023: Key Moments

  1. Toss Decision: England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and chose to bat first.
  2. Opening Stand Brilliance: Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan provided a solid start for England.
  3. Iftikhar Ahmed’s Breakthrough: Spinner Iftikhar Ahmed dismissed Dawid Malan, breaking the strong partnership.
  4. Bairstow’s Half-Century: Jonny Bairstow achieved his 2nd half-century of the ICC World Cup 2023.
  5. Stokes-Root Partnership: Ben Stokes and Joe Root’s partnership added valuable runs before Shaheen Afridi’s breakthrough.

England vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2023: Head To Head and Pitch Insights

  • Head To Head Records: In ODIs, England has a dominant 56-5 record against Pakistan. However, in ICC World Cup matches, Pakistan holds a 5-4 advantage, with a recent win against England.
  • Pitch Report: The match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, promises a high-scoring affair on a flat surface, favoring batsmen. Spinners may come into play during the later overs.

England Clinches Victory: Pakistan Falls Short at 244 in 43.3 Overs

Pakistan’s batting effort fell short as they were ALL OUT at 244 in 43.3 overs, losing to England by 93 runs. Chris Woakes dismissed Haris Rauf, securing England’s qualification for the Champions Trophy and disqualifying Pakistan from the World Cup semis’ race.

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